Perhaps Russ Smith's father spoke too soon.
The father of the Louisville star told reporters Monday night in Atlanta that his son planned to enter the NBA draft after the Cardinals won the national title. The younger Smith acknowledged that the next day when he told SiriusXM "College Sports Nation" that "this is the right time."
But Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who also spoke about Smith's departure at a pep rally earlier this week, told Sports Radio 790 in Louisville on Thursday that the junior guard remains regarding his future.
"Russ, I think, is 50-50," Pitino told the station. "He's a very confused young man in terms of his decision right now. He didn't want his dad to say that about him coming out. He wanted time to think of it."
Earlier, Pitino told CBSSports.com that Gorgui Dieng and Smith were joining the professional ranks, but said Chane Behanan is returning to the team. Behanan later confirmed that news through social media.
Senior point guard Peyton Siva is also leaving, but the team will add junior college point guard Chris Jones and Terry Rozier, who spent last season at Hargrave Military Academy.
Also returning is Kevin Ware, who suffered a gruesome-looking broken right leg in Louisville's win over Duke University.